Rumors circulate around Euharlee shooting
In the wake of Christopher Roupe's death Friday, Feb. 14, during the serving of a warrant, rumors have circulated online and in the media as to what the 17-year-old was holding in his hand when he opened the door.
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#1 Feb 21, 2014
In a statement released Sunday, GBI spokesperson Sherry Lang stated Roupe opened the door with a handgun pointed at the officer. When asked Wednesday as to the type of handgun Roupe was holding, Lang said,I do not [know].
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Seems like that would be an important detail that a GBI spokesman should have.
This entire incident is going to get buried. Notice how the media is using the keyword 'rumor' in the headline?
#2 Feb 21, 2014
This is a tragedy, no doubt. By all accounts a good kid that was not a trouble maker and was trying to help his family. What is so sad is that it never should have happened. If people are wanting to place blame, they need to look at the root cause. Step through this:
1) A young man died. Why?
2) He was shot by police. Why?
3) Because they came to his house and thought he had a gun. Why were they at his house?
4) To serve arrest warrants to his father. Why were there warrants for the father?
5) Because he violated parole. Why did he violate parole?
6) We don't know why he violated parole, but why was he on parole?
7) He was on parole because he was a criminal.
8) Would the police have come to the home that day if the father hadn't been a criminal?
So at the end of the day, if there would not have been an irresponsible parent in the home none of this would have happened. This poor kid not only had to live with the stigma of a deadbeat dad, but it ultimately cost him his life. The other parent also bears some responsibility here. Why was she allowing her children to live in this situation?
We as a society require licenses to do so many things. Shouldn't we have to be licensed to be parents? Think about it.
#3 Feb 21, 2014
I have thought about it. This is what I have decided.
1. You, sir, are a douchebag.
2. Your method of 'drilling down to the root cause' can be steered in the direction you want it to go
3. The direction you want it to go is that you want to shift the blame away from the cop. why?
4 You are a cop, in addition to being a douchebag as mentioned in step 1.
In your original, in step 3 it said "Because they came to his house and thought he had a gun. Why were they at his house" The question should not have been why where they at his house, but instead "Why did they think he had a gun"? The answer would be "Because the cop had poor judgement and was apparently blind"
We can go around and around on this all day long buddy.
#4 Feb 21, 2014
Seriously, you want to say it's dad's fault that that woman pulled the trigger? NO. Her finger pulled the trigger. She made the conscious decision to fire with her weapon that was ALREADY DRAWN. Euharlee is about as close as Mayberry as you can get, it wasn't downtown Atlanta. WHY WAS HER WEAPON DRAWN AND A ROUND CHAMBERED?
#5 Feb 21, 2014
He had a gun!
#6 Feb 21, 2014
I didn't say anything about the cop who shot the young man not making a bad decision. In hindsight it clearly was a bad decision that led to a senseless death. However, don't let the deadbeat dad off the hook. Again, if he was not who he is, the cops never would have had to visit the home. Again look at the root cause. I am not defending the cop because I don't know what really happened. We do know at least two things that are fact: The dad was a criminal and the police were serving an arrest warrant on a criminal. Was the officer justified in having a gun drawn while visiting the home of known criminal to arrest said criminal? I think so. Was the cop justified in using it? That remains to be seen.
#7 Feb 21, 2014
How did she know? She fired the instant the door opened! Because she already had her gun drawn!!! Thank got she got off a shot before he could fire his Wii controller!
#8 Feb 21, 2014
Did I state anything above that was not a fact?
#9 Feb 21, 2014
the cop should be jail . put the b---- In the same cell of the father. eye for eye
#10 Feb 21, 2014
I did not dispute your 'facts'.
I said that you are steering the 'root cause' in the direction that you want it to go.
You are attempting to steer this conversation in the same manner that you steered the blame away from the cop.
I refuse to accept your argument that the boy was shot because daddy was a criminal.
I maintain that the boy was shot because the cop CHOSE pulled the trigger.
We can 'why' it to death...but the trigger was pulled because the woman CHOSE to pull it. Why she was there is insignificant. Who she was after is insignificant. What is significant is that she shot a child, without warning. Under 18=child.
Go shine your badge and clean your gun.
#11 Feb 21, 2014
The dad is the root cause???
So if the officer made a mistake, went to the wrong house, and a different 17 yr old had been shot, then you would still say that?
Root cause ???? I think not.
#12 Feb 21, 2014
"Why she was there is insignificant. Who she was after is insignificant". How can you say that.? It is completely relevant.
If the officers were just making a regular patrol through the neighborhood or checking on an elderly resident or stopping someone for running a stop sign or doing many of the other things police commonly do, this would not have happened. But the fact that they were serving a warrant for a parole violation is very significant. Certainly it was significant for the young man.
There is no question that this is a terrible tragedy. I cannot imagine losing one of my kids. But I would also would never do anything to jeopardize their safety, well being, or my ability to support them. I am not a police officer. However, I do respect the job that they do. I would probably never be able to do that on a daily basis. I also believe that if you are not doing anything wrong you have no reason to fear the police.
You say the reason they were there is insignificant. Let me ask you one question. Do you believe that if the police had not had to go there that night to serve a warrant that the young man would still be alive?
#13 Feb 21, 2014
You can dance around and try to protect this action all you want to. But what it boils down to is very simple. This woman pointed her weapon at a child and fired. You like to talk about facts? The simple fact is that that POLICE OFFICER fired her weapon into an unarmed CHILD.
You can try to make it about the dad, you can try to manipulate the conversation, you can pretend you know it all...but the bare-bones fact is that the CHILD is DEAD because he was shot by a POLICE OFFICER. SHE killed HIM. Argue that fact with me bitch!
#14 Feb 21, 2014
They went to the correct house after a criminal. If the dad was not a criminal the police would never have gone there that night in the first place and the young man might still be alive. The father's actions put the family in jeopardy in many ways. Or am I missing something? Oh wait, I forgot all of those times that the police randomly showed up at my house and the homes of all of the other law abiding citizens with guns drawn to serve arrest warrants. They do that all of the time don't they?
#15 Feb 21, 2014
How and who hired her? Never mind! Like I said before, Rome, Rockmart Rejects and now Acworth duds!
#16 Feb 21, 2014
You keep leaving out the fact that the POLICE OFFICER CHOSE to pull the trigger and kill that boy. I am still waiting on you to argue that fact. Oh, wait, you can't. Its a fact.
#17 Feb 21, 2014
I keep hearing "the father put the family at risk" for being on parole and violating said parole
The fact of the matter is in many towns, especially those that use private corporations to administer parole, you can be placed on parole for a traffic violation, and /or for any unpaid court ordered payment. If the judge says " pay up" and you don't have it you can ( more than likely will) be placed on probation until the debt is paid.
Want cops showing up at your door for a speeding ticket you can't afford to pay? Made a mistake and had a drink with a huge client at a restaurant , got a DUI for blowing .08..... That's instant probation...
. They could come knocking.
In these days and time my wife will answer the door with a weapon( hidden but there none the less) if she's unsure who it is, especially if im not home.This is her/ our right, no matter the circumstance.id like to believe, hope, pray she won't get shot because someone is triggerhappy
#18 Feb 21, 2014
Just as you keep leaving out the fact that he had a gun pointed at the officer which caused the officer to resort to deadly force. I am betting he did not know the Police were at his door or else he would not have done something like that, but they were and he did and the result is what happened. Nobody wins, everybody looses.
#19 Feb 21, 2014
I read in the catersville paper today where the officer was fired from Acworth. Why would we hire someone who had been fired from somewhere else? Especially if they had been recently fired...
#20 Feb 21, 2014
What did the article say she was fired for?
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